Thursday, April 30, 2020

REVIEW⤏ WHERE ALL LIGHT TENDS TO GO

BY DAVID JOY




    SYNOPSIS FROM AUTHORS WEBSITE⇣
    The area surrounding Cashiers, North Carolina, is home to people of all kinds, but the world that Jacob McNeely lives in is crueler than most. His father runs a methodically organized meth ring, with local authorities on the dime to turn a blind eye to his dealings. Having dropped out of high school and cut himself off from his peers, Jacob has been working for this father for years, all on the promise that his payday will come eventually.  The only joy he finds comes from reuniting with Maggie, his first love, and a girl clearly bound for bigger and better things than their hardscrabble town.
    Jacob has always been resigned to play the cards that were dealt him, but when a fatal mistake changes everything, he’s faced with a choice: stay and appease his father, or leave the mountains with the girl he loves. In a place where blood is thicker than water and hope takes a back seat to fate, Jacob wonders if he can muster the strength to rise above the only life he’s ever known.


    BOOK TAGS


     THE REALIST SOUTHERN GRIT-LIT
     METH, DEATH AND TRYING TO DO THE RIGHT THING
     BORN OF CIRCUMSTANCE
     SERIOUSLY, THERE IS NO JOY IN DAVID JOY'S BOOKS

    BOOK DETAILS⇣


    AUDIO PERFORMED BY MACLEOD ANDREWS
    SOURCE LIBBY AUDIOBOOK (LIBRARY)
    AUDIOBOOK LENGTH 7 HOURS, 31 MINUTES




    MY THOUGHTS⇣


    I've now listened to two books by David Joy, and I feel that I can safely say that he doesn't do the quintessential happy ending.  He does the harsh, realistic ones.  The gut-punching type...and he does them really well.

    Between Where All Light Tends To Go and The Weight of This World, I have to say I liked WALTTG even more than TWOTW...Which was in large part due to me liking this MC more.  He was much more relatable and I was so pulling for him.

    Both books are not only very well written, but they are also both very well narrated by Macloed Andrews.  He does the accent perfectly and invokes just the right tone and intensity needed for these stories.


    BREAKDOWN⇣

    Plot 4.5/5
    Characters 4.5/5
    The Feels 5/5
    Pacing 5/5
    Addictiveness 5/5
    Theme, Tone or Intensity 5/5
    Originality/Believability 5/5
    Flow (Writing Style) 5/5
    Ending 4.3/5






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